Stoicism and Clutter with Donald Robertson Pt 1

20 Jan 2021

What do ancient Greek school of philosophies have to do with living a happy and uncluttered life today? 

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Listen this week to Part 1 of our episode on Stoicism (with a capital S!) with Donald Robertson, who is an author, speaker, psychotherapist and expert on Greek and Roman philosophy, and you'll learn all about it too.

Show Notes:

Donald Robertson: writer, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and trainer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Books by Donald:
- How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (2019)
- Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013)
- Build your Resilience (2012)
- The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Hypnosis (2012)
- The Philosophy of CBT: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010)
- The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid (2008)

Donald's website/ blog/ courses linked below.

- List of philosophers/historical figures mentioned:
Socrates – 470-399BC, Athens Greece. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought

Aristotle - 384–322 BC Taught by Plato, he was the founder of the Lyceum, the Peripatetic school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition.

Plato - 428/427 or 424/423 BC. founder of the Platonist school of thought and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world

Zeno of Citium c. 334 – c. 262 BC was a Hellenistic philosopher of Phoenician origin from Citium, Cyprus. Zeno was the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus 26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher (regarded as the last great Stoic philosopher)

Democritus c. 460 – c. 370 BC was an Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe

Pythia – high priestess of temple of Delphi

Xenophon of Athens  430– 354 BC was an Athenian-born mercenary and historian

Heraclitus of Ephesus 535 – c. 475 BC was an Ancient Greek, pre-Socratic, Ionian philosopher and a native of the city of Ephesus, which was then part of the Persian Empire

Epictetus 50 – c. 135 AD was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey) and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion.Chrysippus

Cleanthes c 330 BC – c 230 BC of Assos, was a Greek Stoic philosopher and successor to Zeno of Citium as the second head (scholarch) of the Stoic school in Athens.

Sextus of Chaeronea c. 160 AD was a philosopher, a nephew or grandson of Plutarch, and one of the teachers of the emperor Marcus Aurelius

Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger c. 4 BC – AD 65 usually known as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature

Diogenes the Cynic (the dog in the children’s Stoicism stories) was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. He was born in Sinope, an Ionian colony on the Black Sea coast of modern day Turkey,[1] in 412 or 404 BC and died at Corinth in 323 BC.

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